“You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound.”—Psalms 4:7 (NASB)
Often our own hardness keeps us from receiving God’s goodness. We can look around at disappointment, fear, loneliness, and even boredom with a heart that mumbles, “Figures.” But our expectation of God shouldn’t be dependent on what we see and feel, but on Whom we know.
In this Psalm, slanderous enemies have distressed David. After he pours out his anger, he consoles himself in God. He says, “You have put gladness in my heart.” David’s circumstances do not shift, just his gaze. He stirs up his faith, remembering God’s history of mercy toward him and takes hold of that which his spirit knows to be true: His God is good; his God is his joy. Later he says, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep (Psalm 4:8 NASB).” He rests believing His God is who He says He is.
Our faith requires that we lift up our eyes to Jesus when the bleakness of our perspective collides with and combats against the truth of His nature. Our eyes may see hopelessness, but He is living hope. Our thoughts may be anxious, but He is our incomprehensible peace. So we stir our hearts to remember who God is, who He has been to us. The faith to believe in His unchanging character is forged in the secret place with Him, in His Presence, in the Holy of Holies.
You cannot know someone you have never met. Jesus says, “Seek, and you will find . . .” (Matthew.7:7 NASB). When we look for God, we encounter Him and He reveals the glory of His nature to us. His presence ushers joy. Like a child is made glad in the presence of his loving father, so the Lord makes His children glad. He is like the morning sun, faithful to make His face shine upon us day after day after day. And if His presence is constantly with us and upon us, then so is His joy, peace, wonder, and the fullness of life.
DIG: Who does God say He is? Study Scripture about God’s character.
DISCOVER: Who do you know God to be? Compare your thoughts with His Word.
DISPLAY: Spend time with God; pour out your heart to Him. Intentionally set aside time to listen to Him respond.
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